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Custom Single-Family LivingHome Designed by Ray Kappe


Santa Monica, CA


3 Bed | 2.5 Bath


2550 sq. ft.

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This was our very first LivingHome, installed in April 2006 in just eight hours. Designed by the late Ray Kappe, FAIA, the home reflects Kappe’s genius for combining traditional California Modernist elements—an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling glass, integration of indoor and outdoor spaces—with a Craftsman-like attention to detail and warmth.

The LivingHome was the first to ever achieve a USGBC LEED for Homes Platinum certification and has won many design awards, including the AIA Committee On The Environment's Top Ten Green Projects Award, the L.A. Business Council's Award of Excellence, the Best in American Living Award, Business 2.0's “World’s 11 Coolest Products,” and Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Architectural Wonders of the World.” The LivingHome has also been featured in hundreds of articles, books, and broadcasts.

The private residence inspired the Ray Kappe LivingHome 1.

LEED Platinum

First LEED for Home Platinum Rating


2550 sq. ft.





Plant Modules



8 hours



Ray Kappe

The late Ray Kappe, FAIA, was Plant Prefab's first design partner, responsible for the company’s famous Santa Monica home (the first home in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification), a number of remarkable custom projects, and several LivingHomes. His residential architecture is world-renown, characterized as 'the apotheosis of the California House.' Kappe’s designs evince a mastery of warm, modern spaces, clearly expressed construction systems, and environmental sensitivity.